In this study, we examined the effects of maternal employment and kindergarten attendance on a child’s body mass index (BMI) score. Children between the ages of 3 to 6 (n = 532) were selected from the 2010 wave of the China Family Panel Studies data-set for statistical analysis. Controlling for a range of demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, multiple linear regression models were generated. Analysis indicates that kindergarten attendance is associated with a lower BMI score in children (p < .1). There was no significant evidence that maternal working hours had any observed effects on a child’s BMI. Further policy and practice implications within the field of social work are discussed.
Chan, T., Chen, T., Parker, E., & Zhou, Y. (2019, November). Determinants of Child Health in China: Examining Maternal Employment & Kindergarten Attendance. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Students' Union Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.